With all of the purchases and preparation that go into getting ready for the new semester, allow me a moment to make the case for a simple, affordable acquisition that I have personally seen make a significant academic difference for so many college students.
It seems to me that schools which emphasize creating lifelong learners receive low scores on their report cards. A vast chasm exists between the way teachers and schools are incentivized to teach, and the way we should be teaching in order for students to develop 21st century skills.
When we make sound pedagogical choices on reading, we can dramatically enhance students' abilities to work with all kinds of challenging texts. When we struggle, classrooms can become frustrating, unchallenging, or disorienting places.